Here you can find further resources to help with the Spectrum procedure Collections care and conservation. For the procedure itself follow this link.

Standards and Guidance in the Care of Archaeological Collections

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These standards and guidelines have been produced by the Society for Museum Archaeology (SMA), which is the Subject Specialist Network for British Archaeology in the UK. They seek to update the 1992 Standards in the Museum Care of Archaeological Collections, one of a series of guidance documents produced by the Museum and Galleries Commission in 1992. In addition there are individual fact sheets covering different types of object

National Gallery Light Sources website

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This website explains what Spectral Power Distribution is and how it can be used as a comparator to evaluate the efficiency and impact of different light sources. This is an excellent resource for any museum wishing to understand the environmental and conservation impact of different light sources or considering a move to LED lighting.

Air pollution advice sheet

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Museum objects require a certain kind of environment, which includes an atmosphere free of dust and pollutants. This fact sheet from describes basic types of air pollution: acidic and oxidising substances; particulate pollutants, and how to protect museum collections from damage caused by them.

Managing the library and archive environment

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The life expectancy of collections is significantly affected by the environmental conditions in which they are stored. This booklet provides guidance on environmental management to help you preserve your books and documents for as long as possible. It concentrates specifically on temperature and relative humidity.

Building a preservation policy

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A preservation policy is an essential component of a collections management framework, regardless of the size of the collection or organisation. This booklet provides a framework for setting out an organisation’s approach to achieving the sustainable use of its collections through a preservation policy.

Caring for your ceramics

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This resource contains information and advice on how to look after ceramics. It highlights common problems, tells you what to avoid and provides practical, step-by-step instructions on how to clean and care for ceramic objects.

Creating and improving stores

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Stores are an essential part of most museums. As your items will be left in these stores for extended periods of time, you need to think carefully about how you design or improve your stores to best care for your collections. This resource outlines store requirements and safety and security considerations.

Preservation of photographic material

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This booklet describes the most common historical photographic processes, outlines the causes of deterioration and provides guidelines on good preservation practice. It is aimed at people working or volunteering in libraries, archives and museums whose responsibilities include photographic collections.

Mould outbreaks in library and archive collections

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Mould causes irreversible physical and chemical damage to collections and presents a significant health hazard. This booklet offers outlines environmental control and storage factors that should be considered in order to prevent mould outbreaks as well as how to deal with outbreaks should they occur in your collections.